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making faces :: autumn additions [nars, guerlain]

i've already waxed "poetic" on my love for fall makeup and makeup trends, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that i indulged in a couple of autumnal treats courtesy of nars and guerlain. and it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that i'm very happy with both, given that these are two of my favourite brands. both are extremely reliable [which is not to say infallible, but true misses are rare] and, while they both fall into the "special occasion" price range [particularly guerlain], the occasions when you wear them will, indeed, be pretty special.

my new gigolo
first up, we have one of three new rouge g lipsticks from guerlain that have launched for fall. a lot of the attention for this collection is going to go [with reason] to the new eye shadow quads which are replacing the ones that guerlain had had as part of their permanent range. those are beautiful, but i really have a weakness for deep, jewel-toned lips and the new shade "gigolo" is right up my alley. it's not dark enough that i'd call it a really "vampy" lip colour, but, like most of the rouge g's, it's incredibly saturated, rich and opaque. it's a reddened type of berry shade, almost literally the colour of raspberries on the vine.

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although the formula on these lipsticks is normally phenomenal [surprisingly lightweight for such intense colour payoff and moist without feeling greasy], this one actually seems to be an improvement. i'm incredibly fussy about fading colour and i wore this for eight hours, including a snack and a few pints of cider without having to retouch. although my lips lost a bit of their sheen, the colour remained a really intense stain [and yes, your lips will look like you just had a popsicle when you finally remove the colour at home]. even by guerlain's lofty standards, they knocked this one out of the proverbial park.

the problem, of course, is cost. i'll admit that i took advantage of a gift certificate for mine, because parting with $50cad for a lipstick is hard to justify. but if you can justify it, this is definitely the way to go. [if it makes you feel any better, guerlain are actually one of the few companies that minimises the gap between canadian and american pricing, so those south of the border are going to pay through the teeth too.]

grand palais, gigolo
second, we have nars' "grand palais" eye shadow duo, an unlikely combination of a cool taupe [with a slight carnation-pink sheen you really only pick up in person] and an antique rose colour, a sort of browned medium pink that i normally would take for a blush. pink shades around the eyes can be a bit tricky ["is that a rash?"], but somehow, these come together just perfectly. i did not look like i had some sort of infection and, in fact, the duo looks quite elegant in use. both shades are very soft and easy to work with. the taupe side can be applied a little more sheerly for a lighter shade, although i actually prefer to get the full effect.

nars duos are $38cad each and give you a lot of product for the money. they're ideal for a quick look, since they're made to go together, although i find that this one works especially well with a highlight colour added. although it's part of the fall collection, my understanding is that this duo will become part of the regular nars offering.

here's a surprisingly quick look i did using both of these new products. i think it's the kind of thing that would actually work on a variety of skin tones, from light [me] to dark, because the palette is pretty conservative.

eyes ::

nars e/s duo "grand palais"
mac e/s "dazzlelight"
mac e/s "satin taupe"
mac superslick liquid liner "on the hunt"
diorshow mascara

cheeks ::
nars blush "new order"
mac blush "amazon princess"

lips ::
guerlain rouge g "gigolo"

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